Dear Way Families,
As we begin the new school year, Way Elementary will be implementing a new policy regarding provision of food at school celebrations. Currently, the majority of our classrooms report some form of food allergy restriction. This represents a tipping point for us. Policing food at parties and other celebrations is not only time consuming, but places staff and at-risk students in a potentially dangerous position. With this in mind, the only food brought into the building for celebrations and other day-time events will be orchestrated between the classroom teacher and head-room parent. For the last several years, Way has adhered to a healthy foods policy and those foods will be stressed for these special occasions.
As has always been the case, you will still be able to make personal food choices for your child's lunch or snack, providing the food doesn't contain the allergen at play in the classroom. All families should have previously been notified about allergy conditions of the classroom.
Attention to these minor shifts in thinking and behavior should lead to a safer and healthier environment for all.